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Farming

  • Brambles ready for some pruning

    It’s time to clean up the bramble patch: In order to maintain healthy and productive blackberries and raspberries, we need to prune out the old to make room for the new.   
    Most brambles are biennial, which means they fruit on second-year growth.  
    Blackberries are easy to deal with, just remove the arching canes that fruited this year and trim up and trellis the new growth from this summer, which will bear next summer’s fruit. Repeat the same thing next year.

  • Resumption of 2013 crop commodity loan disbursements announced

    U.S Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan Garcia announces that the processing and disbursement of 2013 crop commodity loans has resumed.
    The commodity loan programs provide interim financing to producers for agricultural commodities stored after harvest and then sold throughout the year. Crop year 2013 commodity loan-making was suspended Oct. 1, 2013, to make changes necessary to accommodate the automatic funding reductions known as sequester. Sequestration is mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

  • Farmers, ranchers urged to vote in county committee elections

    USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announces that the 2013 FSA County Committee Elections began Nov. 4 with the mailing of ballots to eligible voters. The deadline to return the ballots to local FSA offices is Dec. 2, 2013.

  • Southern States local annual meeting set

    Southern States Cooperative will review its operations at a series of local annual meetings, including the upcoming meeting for members of Southern States Lexington Cooperative, Inc. – Lexington, Cynthiana and Paris Branches.

  • USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Increases Guaranteed Loan Limit

    John W. McCauley, State Executive Director for Kentucky’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), announces that the loan limit for the Guaranteed Loan Program increased to $1,355,000 on Oct. 1. The limit is adjusted annually based on the “Prices Paid to Farmers Index”, compiled by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
    “Raising the guaranteed loan limit will allow FSA to better meet the financial needs of producers across the Commonwealth,” said McCauley.

  • Save Your Leaves

    Leaf raking is an autumn chore that only children enjoy because they get to undo it in one fowl swoop. We rake and pile and they jump. I propose a new approach that just may make us all happy:  adults can still rake a little, children can still play and trees will benefit from some mulch and fertilizer. At the farm raking leaves is passé; we let them stay where they fall (with reason, of course) which is usually beneath their canopy.

  • Ag Economist to speak at annual cattle meeting

    By Gary Carter, Co. ext. agent
    Dr. Kenny Burdine, Ag Economist at the University of Kentucky will give his predictions for the beef industry at the Harrison County Beef Cattle Association Annual  meeting. The meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Harrison County Extension Office. The program will begin at 6 p.m.
    This program is an event to inform the public about our industry and also conduct the business portion of our local association. The Board of Directors would like to invite anyone interested in the beef industry to attend this meeting.

  • Climate determines a tulip's behavior

    When it comes to bulbs we don’t always meet with consistent success. And, before you blame the chipmunks, the girl who mows the grass or the bulb company for their lack-luster performance, consider some of the other factors that influence how well flowering bulbs flower.  
    Sunlight; crowded bulbs; pre-mature removal of foliage the previous season; or a winter rest period that wasn’t cold enough or long enough may play a role in poor performance.  

  • Bennett recognized as a Kentucky leading youth livestock exhibitor

    Brittany Bennett of Cynthiana was named one of Kentucky’s leading youth livestock exhibitors and honored for her efforts during the 2013 show season at the 10th annual Kentucky Proud Points Luncheon Oct. 19 in Frankfort.
    “The lessons you learn showing livestock will translate into being productive citizens as adults,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer told the exhibitors at the luncheon.
    Bennett was a top Kentucky Proud Points exhibitor in dairy.

  • Cacti make good winter houseplants

    Have you ever heard someone say, “All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti?”  
    Have you ever wondered what the difference is?  
    Well, in the most basic sense, cacti are succulents that do not have leaves.  However, the mere presence of spines (the prickly part of cacti) is not the sole indicator that a plant is a cactus. The various families are actually determined by flower form (just like the orchid).